The Bureau of Land Management recently hired Stephanie Connolly as the Southwest District manager, and the public is invited to network with her during open houses in Durango, Dolores, Grand Junction and Montrose.
"I'm excited to be here and look forward to getting to know our partners and community members while exploring this incredible landscape," said Connolly.
Prior to her arrival, Connolly served as a district manager with BLM in Wyoming for over nine years. Her experience also includes positions in Idaho, Nevada and Utah. She also served in temporary BLM assignments as the Wyoming associate state director, acting deputy assistant director and senior advisor to the BLM director.
The closest opportunity to meet Connolly is at the Montrose Public Lands Center, 2465 S. Townsend, on Thursday, July 19, from 8 to 10 a.m.
The BLM Southwest Colorado District encompasses 2.7 million surface acres in the Grand Junction, Tres Rios and Uncompahgre field offices, and includes 7.3 million acres of public mineral estate.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.